By: Mitchell Breuer
NEWTON, Iowa – Taylor Gray’s return to victory lane will have to wait another week, as the driver of the No. 17 David Gilliland Racing Ford settled for a third-place finish in Saturday’s Shore Lunch 150.
That said, the day proved to be Gray’s strongest since returning from injury back at Elko, scoring his best result in the three-race period moving forward with the trend of his seeing his results continuing to improve each week since getting back in the car.
“I mean, obviously, we want wins, right?” Gray told News From The Pits. “But it was not a bad day. Today was definitely better than normal. We are getting better and making strides as a team and just building our road books, just getting better. Our strong suit are these bigger tracks where there’s aero involved and stuff like that.”
While Gray was the only other driver to lead a lap besides eventual race-winner, Ty Gibbs, and despite being able to stay in the top-three all night, there is still a need for improvements. Most notably keeping up better with not only the 18 team, but also GMS Racing’s Daniel Dye.
“I was hoping for a caution at the end, just so we could have a shot at the win,” Gray said. “The 21 and 18 were so far out there I could not even see them. They were faster at the end there. Just maybe could do a little slide job at the end there, get a couple of fenders involved. But, I feel like it was a good night. I can’t think all my DGR guys enough, Chad Johnston, everybody got this Ford Fusion pretty good.”
Looking ahead, Gray will look the trend of improvement into next weekend at Winchester Speedway, where he finished fifth in his lone ARCA Menards Series start at the track.